Therapeutic Writing Online
An experiential workshop delivered online
Dates, Times and Cost of the Course April 2019, 11th, 18th 25th from 6-9pm GMT
The Course will be facilitated using the Zoom platform.
Fee (Pilot): The course cost is £200
Further dates for 2019
July 4th,11th and 25th
August 15th, 22nd and 29th
Fee : The course cost is £215
This short course is addressed to all practitioners and social workers who take care of their clients and would improve their wellness and consciousness. The course is held over three evenings (Usually Thursday) 6- 9 pm GMT.
*Please note that days and times are not set in stone, alternative days and time can be discussed and changed by group and tutor agreement
Hello! My name is Dalila, I am Italian and live in Italy. English is my second language which I am still improving through various online courses, works and social media connections.
I am a registered counsellor at CNCP, National Organization for Professional Counsellors, Italy and also hold membership of EAC, the European Association of Counselling. ACTO, Association for Counselling and Therapies Online.
What is Therapeutic Writing?
Therapeutic writing forms a personal narrative that can be revealing and inspiring, healing or cathartic. Taking time to write for and about ourselves is similar to meditating. During the writing we become deeply introspective and engage with our inner worlds. Therapeutic writing encompasses journals, unsent letters, poetry, dreams, memories of paths not taken, captured moments in time, stream of consciousness, etc. This workshop provides a space to do some personal writing and to share what you have written with other members of the same group. All the writing group members are bound by the same contract to keep professional boundaries on the written materials and to behave professionally towards each other throughout the workshop.
We hope that this workshop is a starting place. As well as writing and sharing your own writing, we also discuss how writing tasks might be used with clients and hope you will be encouraged to explore writing further and perhaps use it with clients in your therapeutic practice. Working like this online, you will find there is a level of privacy and solitude that is not available in a face to face group setting.
If you prefer, your personal narrative can remain personal to you – see below
Who is this Workshop for?
Any counsellor or psychotherapist who would like to explore how the written word might be used as a therapeutic tool with clients who work either online or face to face and who would like to experience being a member of an online learning group.
What Counselling Skills do I need?
Ideally, candidates will have or are close to having completed their Diploma in Counselling, Coaching, Nursing, etc.
When Does it Start?
The Workshop is divided into weekly sessions of three hours over three weeks.
How Does it Work?
We use creative therapeutic writing tasks to explore questions relating to past, present, and future.
By the end of the workshop, you will have experienced not only how it feels to be writing about yourself in this way but also how useful writing tasks might be in your work with clients. You will also begin to assemble a toolkit of writing tasks to use with clients.
What is an online learning group?
Our groups work together online by communicating over the internet. We type our communications and send them to each other by copying and pasting them into a private chatscreen on skype. The group support, affirm and validate each other’s writing. This can sometimes provides further insights into the writer’s experience though it more often helps the writer to accept the experience more deeply inside themselves.
It is our experience that members of a group such as this often choose to stay in contact after the Workshop has finished.
If you are unfamiliar with chatrooms and would like to have an individual 10 mins. session during the week before the workshop begins, please contact Gill Jones using ther form at the foot of this page.
What equipment will I need?
All you will need is:
A computer connected to the internet which has Skype (download available free from www.skype.com).
What technology skills will I need?
It is helpful if you are a reasonably confident typist and familiar with your computer’s software for communicating (e.g. email program and a chatscreen such as Skype). You will also need to copy and paste text from a word document on to the private skype chatscreen we set up for the workshop.
During the day you will be working in two ways:
1. On your own using your computer’s word program;
2. In the Skype chatscreen with the whole workshop group.